(07/05/2021) New monograph published: "Els valors dels catalans. Àmbits, perfils i perspectiva comparada"
(19/02/2021) Professor of the course "Political Behavior" at UOC.
I am a quantitative social scientist. I received a Ph.D. (European Doctor) in political science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Previously, I was a TMR research fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim. I got specialized training at the University of California Berkeley, University of Oslo, University of Essex, and Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology.
I work as a senior researcher at the Center for Opinion Studies (CEO), the official institute for public opinion studies of the Government of Catalonia (Spain). I also teach at the Open University of Catalonia UOC (political behavior), and at the Public Administration School of Catalonia EAPC (data analysis and survey methodology). I am a member of the research group "Democracy, Elections, and Citizenship" at the Department of Political Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
My substantive research interests revolve around political behavior, public opinion, cultural values, political sociology and political economy. Methodologically, I'm specially concerned about age-period-cohort effects, multilevel modeling, latent variables, causal inference, and survey methods.
More recently, I am becoming interested in cultural evolution, analytical sociology and agent-based simulations of social and political phenomena. In this sense, I collaborate with the research group SDL-PAND (inLab FIB UPC) in modelling the COVID-19 pandemic.
My research appears in a number of journals including European Political Science Review, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research. My book, The Rhythm of Modernization. How Values Change over Time, has been published by Brill in 2019 (International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology series, vol. 132).
Tormos, R. (2019): "Measuring Personal Economic Hardship and Its Impact on Political Trust During the Great Recession", Social Indicators Research
Tormos, R. (2018): "Question-Order Effects in the Evaluation of Political Institutions in Decentralized Polities", International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Tormos, R., (2019): The Rhythm of Modernization. How Values Change over Time. Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.
In The Rhythm of Modernization, Raül Tormos analyses the pace at which belief systems change across the developed world during the modernization process. It is often assumed that value change follows the slow rhythm of generational replacement. This book, however, reports trends that contradict this assumption in the field of values. Challenging Inglehart’s modernization theory, the transition from traditional to modern values happens much quicker than predicted. Many “baby-boomers” who were church-going, morally conservative materialists when they were young, become unchurched and morally tolerant postmaterialists in their later years. Using surveys from multiple countries over many years, and applying cutting-edge statistical techniques, this book shows how citizens quickly adapt their belief systems to new circumstances throughout their lives.